Drop box, equipment concerns for library

Thursday, January 25, 2007

A lobby copier and the outside book drop-off box continue to cause problems for the Putnam County Public Library .

Library Director Alice Greenburg informed the library board during Wednesday's meeting that she was still in conversation with copier company. At a previous meeting, the board had approved the purchase of copier for the lobby. Later, the board learned that Greenburg was having problems with the copier company.

"They were unable to provide a combination that works the way it was promised at the beginning," Greenburg said.

Greenburg also said that the library had been working with the company and different products. The library had been assured by the company that the products would work.

"When it came down to it, it wasn't going to work," Greenburg said in reference to canceling the order.

According to Greenburg, the copier company believes there is a problem with the coin op portion of the contract. "Which is not our problem, but they're trying to make it our problem," Greenburg said.

Board secretary Bonnie Nealon asked what the problem was, which Greenburg said the copier company believes it is no longer their problem because the coin op product was purchased through a third party vendor.

Board president Dorothy Lukenbill asked if the copier was at the library and if it was being used, which Greenburg replied that it was, but the company had not picked it up and it had not been used.

"So we're back to square one," Lukenbill said.

The board also asked Greenburg for an update on the identifier and one-way streets signs. Greenburg said that the signs had been ordered.

Nealon said she noticed the outside book drop-off box had been reinstalled after leaving December's meeting. The board had discussed moving the drop-off box during that meeting and were going to put the delivery of the new box on hold until a decision could be made.

No one had noticed the box had all ready been reinstalled, but board treasurer Ken Heeke said he had noticed the box once again had a "do not use" sign on it.

Greenburg said that she had been thinking about putting a post next to the box with reflective tape on it. That way patrons would see the post and know the box was there.

"It's a work in progress," Greenburg said.

In other business, the board:

  • Learned that the library would be closed on Friday, Jan. 26 for a staff in service day. Greenburg also reminded the board that the library's author series would continue with Esm/ Raji Codell on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11:30 a.m.

  • Learned that part of the brake system in the bookmobile had to be replaced.

  • Learned that Sue Parsons developed a early literacy tips pamphlet for parents with young children. Greenburg said Parson used information form Suzanne Hall's program "Every Child Ready to Read."

  • Approved Susan Harmon for the local history and genealogy librarian position. Greenburg said she would begin to advertise Harmon's part-time position in the same department.

  • Nominated and approved Lukenbill as president of the board of finance and Nealon as secretary of the board of finance.

  • Approved the resolution of depositories for the board of finance. The board approved to keep the list the same, but adding First Financial Bank.

    Nealon asked about adding Members Heritage Bank to the list, which Greenburg said she would check to see that bank was on the state board of account's list. If it is, Greenburg would add that bank on the list for next year.

    The board meets regularly every fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at PCPL.

    in the Kiwanis Room of the library. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28 . This meeting is open to the public.

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